Casteluovo-Tedesco – Complete String Quartets

‘We believe that audiences will enjoy this previously unrecorded repertoire. It evokes the Hollywood of the 1940s in every nuance, fascinating us with its seductive allure. The music carries a light-hearted mood that pleases the soul while showcasing the great level of craftsmanship for which the composer is famous. There are unusually high virtuoso requirements displayed in this chamber music, along with a joyful approach to the quartet’s idiom.

We had the pleasure of recording in the marvellous acoustics of the inner hall of Castello di Bianello, which, with its romantic resonance, pairs perfectly with the film scoring quality of the music. Consequently, the recording did not employ artificial reverb, equalization, or compression. What you will hear is the true sound of the quartet in that magnificent hall.’

Quartetto Adorno

Complete String Quartets

Quartetto Adorno –
Edoardo Zosi, Violin I • Liù Pelliciari, Violin II
Benedetta Bucci, Viola • Stefano Cerrato, Cello

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco began to focus on chamber music composition during the late 1920s. From this period comes the String Quartet No. 1 in G major, which offers a countryside panorama with rustic serenades and processional themes reminiscent of a village festival. Returning to a much-changed Italy after the Second World War inevitably generated mixed feelings in the composer – the String Quartet No. 2 in F minor reflects these through dissonance and restlessness, though dancing rhythms sound notes of optimism. His final quartet, No. 3 in F major ‘Casa al Dono’, is an effortless fantasia, animated and in part ecclesiastical, which was inspired by memories of his homeland and the friendships he had enjoyed.

Listen to an extract from String Quartet No. 1:
II. Strimpellata: Mosso e spensierato
About the Artists

Founded in 2015, Quartetto Adorno won three prizes at the 2017 International String Quartet Competition ‘XI Premio Paolo Borciani’, was placed first at the 2018 International Competition ‘V. E. Rimbotti’, and subsequently became an associate artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. It has performed at prestigious European series, venues and festivals and enjoyed significant collaborations with renowned solo artists. The quartet released its debut album in 2019 alongside clarinettist Alessandro Carbonare in a programme of Zemlinsky’s String Quartet No. 3 and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115. Subsequent recordings have featured works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Franck and Enescu.

From left to right: Stefano Cerrato, Liù Pelliciari, Edoardo Zosi and Benedetta Bucci

More albums featuring the music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Works for Cello and Piano
Dindo • Marangoni
‘Chamber gems by the Italian composer who emigrated to LA. The lyrical Sonatina, composed there in 1946, receives a premiere recording here and is a delight among many.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★
Violin Concerto No. 3
String Trio • Sonata for Violin and Cello

Alogna • Stassi • Trainini • Pascalucci
‘These are all world premiere recordings. I feel that this generously packed disc represents another example of Naxos fulfilling one of its objectives well and filling gaps in the catalogue with very listenable performances of unfamiliar music.’
MusicWeb International
Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The Prophets’
Concerto Italiano

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
‘Wow! I am figuratively knocked off my feet! This is bold, vivid, exciting music.’
American Record Guide
‘The Malmö players are also clearly inspired by these unjustly neglected works: the performances fizz and sparkle under the direction of Andrew Mogrelia, and Marangoni’s dedication to the cause is just as apparent in his vivid playing as in his musicological endeavours. Excellent.’
International Record Review

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